Cereals have been a part of “a complete breakfast” for years, but a lot of them are so full of sugar, they’re practically dessert. Too much sugar has been linked to health problems such as obesity, tooth decay, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and more. The AHA recommends men get no more than 37.5 grams of sugar per day, while for women, it’s 25 grams per day. If you get a sugary cereal, you could get much closer to that max right away. Which cereals are the worst offenders?
This candy-coated, puffed wheat cereal was originally called Sugar Crisp, and the name fits. The first ingredient is sugar, and one serving contains 16 grams. It’s the same as eating half a Snickers bar.
Like Golden Crisp, this cereal originally had the word “sugar” right in its title. Sugar Smacks became Honey Smacks, but the first ingredient remains sugar (honey is the fourth), so there’s 17 grams of sugar per serving.
There’s nothing truly “fruity” about this cereal. A normal serving has over 12 grams of sugar. While Kellogg’s did phase out artificial colors and flavors, the sugar remains.
Packed with marshmallows, Lucky Charms is not the best choice for your first meal of the day. It has 11 grams of sugar per serving. The chocolate version has about the same amount, but more carbs.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Per serving, this cinnamon-sugar cereal has over 2 teaspoons of sugar. The company knows people are looking for less-sweet options, so there’s a reduced sugar version. That only contains a few grams less sugar.
That a cereal named after a candy should have a lot of sugar is not surprising. Per serving, the peanut butter cereal has over 10 grams of sugar, or over 2 ½ teaspoons.